When you’re faced with a pest problem, you’ll often do anything you can to get rid of the annoyance. Unfortunately, many homeowners are unaware of the effect of chemicals and pesticides on the environment. When used correctly, chemicals can be an effective way to rid your home of annoying pests. When used incorrectly, chemicals are a serious hazard to your family, your pets and the environment.
Follow this simple list of dos and don’ts for pest control to ensure that you are safely and effectively ridding your home of annoying, dangerous pests.
Prevention Comes First
Homeowners can prevent pests from entering the home and completely avoid the need for pest control services in just a few easy steps.
- Don’t allow water to accumulate anywhere in the home.
- Check boxes and packages for pests before bringing them into your home.
- Remove sources of shelter, water, and food for pests.
- Always store food in glass containers or sealed plastic.
- Always cover trash cans containing food and remove garbage bags from your home immediately.
- Keep your home organized and remove stacks of cardboard, newspaper, and magazines.
- Fill in spaces where pests enter your home and are able to hide.
- Learn more about the type of pests you are dealing with and how to control them.
- Make sure your screen on your doors and windows are free from holes or damage.
The Dos of Pest Control
If you’ve done all you can and are still dealing with a pest control problem, the following is a list of things to follow to safely get rid of them.
- Keep children and pets away from pesticides.
- Use low-risk pesticides when available for certain types of pests.
- Apply pesticides to targeted locations rather than spraying around a whole room.
- Always read the directions and follow the safety warnings on the pesticide label.
- Avoid products that need to be mixed when possible.
- In your home, only use chemicals that are approved for use in the home.
The Don’ts of Pest Control
The following are things you should never do when ridding your home of pests.
- Never assume that more is better.
- Don’t move pesticides from one container to another.
- Don’t use chemicals meant for the outdoors on the inside of your home.
Help From the Professionals
Using pesticides can be a safe process if you have the information you need to safely apply them. Don’t take chances with your home or your family when help from professionals is just a phone call away. Call us at Planet Orange to learn more about effective, safe pest control options.